"I'm Just A Singer (In A Rock And Roll Band)" as written by and John Charles Lodge....
I'm just a wandering on the face of this earth
Meeting so many people who are trying to be free
And while I'm traveling I hear so many words
Language barriers broken, now we've found the key

If you want this world of yours to turn about you
You can see exactly what to do, don't tell me

I'm just a singer in a rock and roll band

A thousand pictures can be drawn from one word
Only who is the artist, we got to agree
A thousand miles can lead so many ways
Just to know who is driving, what a help it would be

So if you want this world of yours to turn about you
And you can see exactly what to do, don't tell me

I'm just a singer in a rock and roll band

How can we understand
Riots by the people for the people
Who are only destroying themselves
And when you see a frightened
Person who is frightened by the
People who are scorching this earth, scorching this earth

I'm just a wandering on the face of this earth
Meeting so many people, who are trying to be free
While I'm traveling I hear so many words
Language barriers broken, now we've found the key

If you want this world of yours to turn about you
You can see exactly what to do, don't tell me

I'm just a singer in a rock and roll band

I'm just a singer in a rock and roll band

How can we understand
Riots by the people for the people
Who are only destroying themselves
When you see a frightened
Person who is frightened by the
People who are scorching this earth, scor-scorching this earth

Music is the traveler crossing our world
Meeting so many people, we're bridging the seas

I'm just a singer in a rock and roll band
I'm just a singer in a rock and roll band
I'm just a singer in a rock and roll band
We're just the singers in a rock and roll band




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"I'm Just a Singer (In a Rock & Roll Band)" as written by John Charles Lodge

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    General CommentThis song was actually directed to all of their fans who wouldn't stop hounding them about the meaning of life. After "In Search Of The Lost Chord" people started having experiences using psychedelics and started believing the Moody Blues knew what it was all about, like they held the key. The end result was that everyone that was doing drugs and ran into the Moody Blues would not leave them alone about what they knew.

    Eventually, they tired of this and recorded this song as a way to tell their fans that they, like them, were in the same place, just searching and having experiences. Some of them have websites and, for instance, on Justin's site, he specifically requests you keep your questions to things about a performance or gear or what was the thought in some musical phrases. He DOES NOT want to be asked about the whole God thing as far as the band was concerned.

    Any music can take you anywhere, and like they said, thinking is the best way to travel. I have been a guitarist for over 50 years and have those moments when I am in the river, but you always come out. After all, like Firesign Theater said, "How Can You Be In Two Places At Once When You're Not Anywhere At All"?
    Daddyo1on June 24, 2013   Link
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    General CommentAllow me a different take. I was in high school when "Days of Future Past" was released. A group of friends concluded after smoke and debate that the Moody Blues were imparting a transcendant message. We spent hours meditating on the manada on "In search of the Lost Chord" and chanting the mantra "om". Now imagine our disappointment, when on the "Seventh Sojourn", they admit they're just "singers in a rock n roll band". This could have been in answer to all their drug addled admirers who were missing the fact that, like us, they where muddling through life and searching for meaning.

    So what happened on my existential journey? I became a nihilist!
    shortcommuteon March 13, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAutobiographical song about how they are not geniuses but just singers in a band.
    kfe2on January 30, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentCouldn't have said it better myself, kfe2.

    Maybe somebody (their fans) were putting them up on a pedstal that they weren't quite ready to accept.
    Digi-Gon June 16, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think you guys got it right. A lot of people did think that their lyrics were deep messages about the meaning of life etc. So they backtracked-- just like Dylan and the Beatles did. They said--whoa, hold on, we arent prophets. The Kinks did the same thing with Rock and Roll Fantasy, and the Stones with Its only RnR.
    Fingle Nimberson July 15, 2006   Link
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    General CommentYou all have it right. I remember when Seventh Sojourn came out my college roommate (yes, I'm that old!) was really pissed off at the Moodies for this song. He really thought of them as revolutionary visionaries and read a whole lot into their lyrics (OK, I admit it, so did I). This song was a very clear statement that as far as being a prophet goes (to borrow from Dylan) "no no no, it ain't me babe, it ain't me you're looking for, babe."
    imagodocon October 30, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think there's a hidden meaning. Firstly, it speaks of the power of music to communicate across all boundaries. The tone of the song is triumphal. If you change the punctuation a little, it says "if you want change, don't tell me I'm just a singer..." and "if you want to rule and you know what to do, please tell me I'm just a singer..." That actually makes alot more sense. Why would he say "don't tell me" to a person who doesn't have the answers. Why would he say "please tell me" to someone who wants the world to turn about them? I think this is a meaning that has been missed for decades.
    ReallyJadedon February 29, 2008   Link
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    General CommentOne correction: He says to the first person that "we've found the key", the key being the power of music. Then he says "if you're the only other person to know (that music is the key), then don't tell me I'm just a singer... So my first statement is wrong that the person he speaks to in the first verse doesn't have the answers. Nevertheless, I think you can still see the hidden meaning: If music is the key, then I'm more than just a singer in a rock and roll band.
    ReallyJadedon February 29, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThe subject matter of this song had a lot to do with why the Moodies broke up in the first place. People looked at them as messiahs, or gods. As Gaerem Edge said, "Because we were asking the questions, people were assuming we had the answers. But the truth is, we were just as much in the dark as anyone else." That coupled with them being together constantly, touring for years...they just got burned out.
    Phx4stringeron October 05, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis song is POWERFUL. Again, I love the objective analysis, but I always have to slip into what it DOES to me to listen to it. If you don't mind...

    Yeah, one hundred percent in agreement (sadly) with the analysis here of rejecting the throne of undue awesomeness, ok. But man, if nothing else this is a testament to the power of their music, and perhaps of something lurking in all human souls who picked up on their power and read "too much" into it... indeed perhaps they read too LITTLE into THEMSELVES...

    But on to the awesomeness of this song...

    It has an action oriented pace, from the "traveling" to the fleeting visions of so many faces he could never know, each pressed between the forces of their lives' necessities and the needs of the human spirit. This puts one in a state of bewilderment as one is spun around our world (as a world traveler myself, and possible worlds traveler, I get a good sense that this is actually what it feels like as you look back over the years of traveling, and also even as you look around you in the present moment during your travels).

    In this whirlwind of experience and semi-connectedness with people only the stronger spiritual themes are able to emerge. These allow you to sense deeper meanings in everything which is formerly concrete, but now also symbolic. You feel the meanings behind the "words" of daily life, which are now not just sights and sounds, but IMAGES. Your roads are not merely pathways, but ways to many lives in one life. You take them where you go with them rather than they taking you.

    In the midst of all the tradgedy and fear of the world, there is a powerful centrum of spirtual energy which commands a greater power than that fear and misery. It is in the soul which projects its own power INTO the music, and not in the music itself, and certainly not in the Rock and Rollers, who just make the music. All this seems to make my subjective interpretation tie in with the conventional and correct objective interpretation nicely for me, so I don't have to "come down to earth" too much and acknowledge the merely humanness of these Gods!! :D

    Then again, I know that they know that it is only the Muse, and this a messenger from The Good (perhaps with some distortions as it reaches the human ego), and that this is not to be worshipped instead of the truth in one's own soul.
    Wenaolongon March 08, 2011   Link

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